Museums & Technology

Hacking the Museum

November 21, 2013

Last weekend, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opened up its doors and its data to a group of enthusiastic hackers. We were looking for help re-imagining the digital interpretation in the museum's visible storage facility, the Luce Foundation Center for...


July 11, 2013

Cloud Music by Robert Watts, David Behrman and Bob Diamond (1974-79). © 1979, Robert Watts Estate, David Behrman, Bob Diamond. We often look up and imagine what clouds look like, but have you ever wondered what a cloud sounded like?...

A Civil War Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

March 14, 2013

Photograph by Mary Tait, Smithsonian American Art Museum This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, via Wikimedia Commons The Smithsonian American Art Museum has been working with the D.C. Wikimedia community to share our collections...

Nam June Paik from A to Zen

January 16, 2013

Nam June Paik's Zen for TV Nam June Paik was more than a guy who made sculptural work with televisions. He was a thoughtful, prescient artist who turned ideas about communication on its head in the middle of the twentieth...

Nam June Paik: Because Almost All of the Audience is Uninvited

January 4, 2013

This blog post is part of a series of pieces about our film and media arts initiatives here at American Art. Michael Mansfield, associate curator of film and media art, fills us in on our exhibition Nam June Paik: Global...